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YAJNAVALKYA

The Crown of Sarvajna

There were many eminent persons of astounding scholarship present at the great seminar. There was a heavy downpour of questions on Yajnavalkya. Pat came his answer, with confidence and competence to every question. What is it that enables one to become free from death? What is a soul? What pervades this perceptible world and the sky? Such and a wide variety of questions were put by the scholars one after another. The lady philosopher Gargi also put several questions. "Mind alone is the means of obtaining salvation. Mind is Brahman. He who is present in all beings and is within every being, whom all creatures cannot comprehend and to whom the body is
all beings; He who dwelling withinregulates all beings, is the in-dweller, the immortal Soul. This entire perceptible world, the sky and everything are filled with the immutable, that is to say, the indestructible Supreme Soul. Until one realizes this one cannot escape from the misery and suffering of birth and death. When one is aware of the imperishable, the Soul Supreme, one is called Brahma-jnani or Brahmanishta (one established in the Brahman) and he is liberated from the painful chains of birth and death," said Yajnavalkya speaking from his own realisation of Vedic truths. His replies flowed into the hearts and minds of all the listeners like sacred Jnana-Ganga (the
holy stream of supreme wisdom). The persons who----had put the questions would sit down satisfied with the answers saying, "We bow down -to the Brahmarshi."

All the participants of the Jnanayaga praised Yajnavalkya as Sarvajna, the Brahmanishta, and honored him. Loud cheers were heard in the assembly. Then king Janaka stood up and sought the permission of the august body to declare Yajnavalkya elected to the chair of Sarvajna. The assembly readily acclaimed it. Maharaja Janaka ceremoniously offered the crown of Sarvajna to Brahmarshi Yajnavalkya and bowed to his feet.

King Janaka used to meet Yajnavalkya now and then to listen to his divine sermons. After some time one day he requested Yajnavalkya, "Revered Sir, would you please take me as your disciple and accept the offering of all that is mine, my kingdom, and my wealth?" Yajnavalkya, the embodiment of renunciation, said smilingly, "I want none of them." All the same, he gave initiation to Janaka and made him his disciple.

Yajnavalkya led a divine life. He was loved and respected by everybody from all quarters. He imparted Vedic knowledge to many students. He preached them some
maxims helpful in everyday life so that their mode of living conformed to the norms of Dharma. In course of time a collection of these practical hints for religious life   became famous as "Yajnavalkya Smriti" (The Code of Yajnavalkya).

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Yajnavalkya - A brahmarshi, who produced 'Shukla Yajurveda'.
About Yajnavalkya
Introduction
Brahmaratha's Penance Bore Fruit
From Home to Gurukula
At The Gurukula
Holy Water To Cure King's Disease
What A Wonder!
'Leave The Ashram At Once'
Education Continued
At Uddalaka's Ashram
Mother Gayatri's Vision And Grace
Home Again From Gurukula
The Vow Of Aditya
Aditya's Grace, The Great Gift
The Great Works
Chancellor Yajnavalkya
Maitreyi's Request Fulfilled
Take The Cows To Our Ashram
You are Here! The Crown Of Sarvajna
Departed From The World
The Greatness Of His Life, The Light Of His Message
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